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Published: Thu, December 15, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Romney's Refusal to Apologize Cost Him Secretary of State Job


Mitt Romney, a former enemy-turned-friend of President-elect Donald Trump, responded to the announcement that he won't be named secretary of state. Trump wanted a public apology from Romney, sources told CNN. However, an unnamed "Trump friend" said the President, in the Post's words, "enjoyed watching his dinner partner grovel" at a highly-publicized dinner at Jean-Gorges in NY, as well as afterwards when Romney complimented Trump to the waiting media gaggle.

"I have very high hopes that the new administration will lead the nation to greater strength, prosperity and peace", he said after being booted from Trump's list of top contenders.

Furthermore, it has been indicated that in the steed of Romney, Trump will be giving the position of secretary of state to the CEO of Exxon Mobile Rex Tillerson. Like Trump, Tillerson has no formal political experience, but has built foreign ties "on behalf of the world's largest energy company" according to CNN.

After the election, aides say, Romney called to congratulate Trump and the two started talking and meeting.

During the election season, the former MA governor and Republican presidential candidate harshly criticized Trump, calling him a "con man" and "a fake".

This decision was announced on Tuesday morning.

He miscalculated badly. As a Romney surrogate, Trump began spouting off more birther nonsense when prodded by reporters and publicly questioning the president's true birthplace. Oh, the things he said about Trump.

"Let me put it plainly", Romney said at the time, "if we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished".

Kellyanne Conway, Trump's campaign manager, warned that nominating such a harsh critic to lead the State Department would be a betrayal to Trump's supporters.

But was it the lack of an apology that cost him the job?

Romney's consideration for secretary of state had been a widely-publicized affair, with media outlets frequently referring to Trump's meetings with Romney as a "courtship". "And given the history, that's completely understandable". That's the wrong question: Romney's dignity evaporated in 2012 when he sought Trump's endorsement and shared a stage with him.

Senor said Romney doesn't regret going through Trump's selection process, even though he didn't get the secretary of state's post.

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